Fret saw
Fret Fret, n. 1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See {Fretwork}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at oblique angles, as often in Oriental art. [1913 Webster]

His lady's cabinet is a adorned on the fret, ceiling, and chimney-piece with . . . carving. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

3. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair. [1913 Webster]

A fret of gold she had next her hair. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Fret saw}, a saw with a long, narrow blade, used in cutting frets, scrolls, etc.; a scroll saw; a keyhole saw; a compass saw. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fret saw — fret′ saw n. bui a long narrow bladed saw used to cut ornamental work from thin wood • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • fret saw — n. a saw with a narrow, fine toothed blade in a U shaped frame, for cutting curved patterns in thin boards or metal plates …   English World dictionary

  • fret saw — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fret saw — a long, narrow bladed saw used to cut ornamental work from thin wood. Cf. coping saw. See illus. in next column. [1860 65] * * * fret saw, a saw with a long, slender blade and fine teeth, used to cut thin wood into patterns …   Useful english dictionary

  • fret-saw — saw with a long serrated blade …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fret saw — a long, narrow bladed saw used to cut ornamental work from thin wood. Cf. coping saw. See illus. in next column. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • fret-saw — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fret — Fret, n. 1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See {Fretwork}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at oblique… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saw — For other uses, see Saw (disambiguation). Saw A crosscut hand saw about 620 mm (24 inches) long Classification Cutting Types Hand saw Back saw Bow saw Circular saw …   Wikipedia

  • Compass saw — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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